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Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag, Player Ratings: Zappacosta, Stamford Bridge's favorite new Costa

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1. DAVIDE ZAPPACOSTA 8.5
Minutes played90
Touches54
Passes30/36
Shots1*/3
Chelsea lost one Costa over the summer, but gained a new one on transfer deadline day, and just as Diego made an immediate impression back in 2014, Zappa wasted no time in endearing himself to the Bridge in his first start for the club.

He may not have meant his goal, but the universe had grander plans for that swing of the boot than just another cross into the box.

Who are we to argue with divine providence??

Zappa is likely to drop to the bench for the weekend's game, but Victor Moses has proper competition for the first time ever at right wing-back, and that should bode well for the club as they push each other to greater heights.

2. ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN 8.1
Minutes played90
Touches99
Passes89/90
Shots2*/5
Block+INTs3
Clearances3
Amid all the consternation over the movement of youngsters in the summer (mostly away from the club), Christensen had quietly returned after two years out on loan and now looks set to play an important part in the squad.  Conte specifically brought him up as a player he trusts, and so far, that's not just talk from the head coach.

Christensen, like Courtois, has a chance to fly the flag for Chelsea's use of the loan system to develop our most promising youngsters.  So far, so good.

Christensen's 99 touches in this game only trailed Fabregas's game-high 102 by three.  The types of passes from those two were obviously different, but Christensen's comfort on the ball is excellent and a tremendous asset in the modern game (beyond his other excellent qualities as a defender).

3. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA 8.0
Minutes played73
Touches80
Passes55/64
Shots1*/1
Tackles3
Block+INTs3
Clearances2
Fouls drawn2
Azpilicueta did something we hardly ever see from him in this game.  No, I'm not referring to his goal, which falls in line with his suddenly improved impact in attack.

For the first time in recent memory, Dave did not complete the full 90 minutes.  He still started of course, as he almost always does these days (including each and every minute of last season's Premier League campaign), but for once, he got a bit of a token rest.

Even Iron Men need their breaks!

STARTERS:
Courtois (7.3), Cahill (6.4), Christensen (8.1), Azpilicueta (8.0), Alonso (7.3), Kanté (7.8), Fàbregas (7.8), Zappacosta (8.5), Pedro (7.8), Batshuayi (7.2), Willian (7.8)

SUBS:
Hazard (6.8), Bakayoko (7.6), Rüdiger (6.6)

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